I’m a baseball fan. I love baseball. I turn on the TV.
It’s Memorial Day. My team, the Minnesota Twins, is wearing visitor’s gray. The Oakland As are wearing white. That’s tradition.
But today something’s different. Both teams are wearing the same baseball cap: military camouflage.
Memorial Day is not a salute to the military. It’s a day to remember the dead who have fallen in the service to their country. The Twins and the As are not soldiers, sailors, Marines, or special forces. They’re baseball players in different uniforms and different caps with different logos. They throw. They catch. They swing. They hit. They walk. They strike out. Nobody kills. Nobody dies. But Major League Baseball is big business that knows how to strike up the band and confuse civilian and military life. Not good. But it’s become the new normal.
A moment of silence followed by Taps would better fit the occasion – and the removal of all caps.
- Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, May 30, 2016.